THE SOUL OF AYURVEDA - PANCHAKARMA
As promised by Ayurveda, Ayurveda believes in treating the disease at its root, not just symptomatic treatment and boosting the body’s capacity to resist and fight disease. Panchakarma treatment for diseases like Infertility, Psoriasis, Insomnia, early ageing, irritability, lowered concentrating capacity, Hypertension, Hyperacidity following stress and strain of today's day to day life problems. With Panchakarma principle, we also treat chronic diseases like Diabetes, Arthritis, Asthma, Spondilosis, Chronic Constipation, Colitis and Skin Diseases like Psoriasis.
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In order to stay healthy and fit one should carry out Panchakarma methods as a way of cleansing and servicing the body. The greatest benefit of this system is preventing possible serious illness due to 'Srothas Avarodha' obstruction of channels or ducts.
Panchakarma includes five types of treatment which are as follows:
Vamana - use of emetics
Virechana - use of laxatives
Basti - medicated enema
Nasya - Nasal administration
Rakta Mokshana - blood letting
Most of these treatments are used in chronic and deep rooted diseases. Before actually doing the Panchakarma, some preparatory treatments are done. These are called Purvakarma.
Panchakarma can help a variety of conditions, including:
- Detoxification, Digestive Disorders, Respiratory Conditions
- Circulation Problems, Skin Conditions, Stress, Muscle Tension, Fluid Retention
- Sexual Dysfunction, Chronic Fatigue, Rejuvenation, Aphrodisiac Effect, Degenerative Conditions
Purvakarma - PANCHAKARMA PREPARATORY TREATMENTS: PURVAKARMA
Before actually doing the Panchakarma some preparatory treatments are done. These are called Purvakarma. They include the following:
It is the oilation therapy. It is of two kinds, internal and external.
Internal Snehan: in this treatment medicated oils and ghee (clarified butter) etc. are given for internal use. These sneha are so subtle that they can enter into minute pores of cell membrane. They have a tendency of pushing or mobilizing the impurities from there so that their elimination becomes easy. Ghee (clarified butter) prepared from cow's butter is best for this use.
External Snehan: this comprises of different kinds of massage. Medicated oils are applied on the body and different methods are used for that. These massage techniques are many times used in the treatment of muscular fatigue, loss of motor functions, arthritis, paralysis, migraine, spondylities and bodyache. They also induce sound sleep by relaxing the nervous system, increase immunity of the body and are beneficial to increase skin's lustre.
It is the second Purvakarma. It means fomentation or heating therapy. Different types of fomentations like steam bath and poultices are used on specific parts of the body. Many kinds of warm medicated oils, water, milk and herbal decoctions are also used. They are either used in a bath tub or are poured on the body. These types of fomentation treatments are very beneficial in diseases like pains in the joints, neck, lumbago, hemiplegia, urinary disorders, renal diseases, muscular dystrophy, common cold, asthma and loss of muscle functions. Swedana or fomentation liquefies or digests the Doshas and opens the mouth of blocked channels and pores of cell membrane. This makes the elimination of wastes easy when the actual Panchakarma are performed. So after doing these Purvakarma or preparatory treatments, the main karmas (Panchakarma) are done.
Paschat karma - PANCHAKARMA POST ACTIVITIES: PASCHAT KARMA
After the Panchakarma treatments, the digestive power becomes weak. A special diet and lifestyle are prescribed for about two weeks. Thus in this therapy the digestive power and strength of the person is restored by starting a light diet and gradually going towards a heavy diet.
In this part internal medicinal treatment is given for the disease for which Panchakarma was done. This is to give permanent relief from the disease. So in case some cause of the disease is left in the body even after the cleaning process, it is finished by giving internal medicines.
This means rejuvenating therapy. The best results of rejuvenation can be achieved if it is taken after doing the Panchkarma If rejuvenation therapy or Rasayana are taken without cleaning the body we may not get best results because the effect of the Rasayana is reduced due to the presence of toxins or wastes in the body.
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